Kaïa Kater-Hurst

About the Artist:

I am a young female banjoist born in Québec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry. I now reside in Toronto and spend significant time in West Virginia, where I ardently study balladry and traditional dance. As an original songwriter, I work to incorporate my perspective as one of the few people of colour in roots music into the complex racial history of the traditions themselves.

My music combines beautifully subtle old-time banjo with soft sensibilities, mixing elements of both Canadian and American historical traditions with a decidedly modern sound. I strive to reach audiences similar to Gillian Welch, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Old Man Luedecke, while keeping true to my ever-expanding songwriting style.